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    Czech Republic, Next In Line For EU Presidency, Calls For Up

    The Czech Republic said on Monday it would push its partners in the European Union to strengthen the bloc's relations with Israel once it assumes the EU presidency in January of 2009. The deepening of political and security exchanges needs the unanimous backing of all 27 EU governments, which the Palestinian Authority opposes as it wants Israel to do more to improve the humanitarian situation in Palestinian areas and halt the spread of settlements. 12/08/08